Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 27, 2007

And we're back...


Paul McCartney has assembled a DVD set of videos and performance footage from throughout his solo career.

"The McCartney Years," a three-DVD set is due Nov. 13 via MPL/Rhino Entertainment. McCartney has also recorded new commentary for the 40-plus videos, which can be viewed in chronological order or via his own custom playlists.

Here's the track list:

Disc one:

"Tug Of War"
"Say Say Say"
"Silly Love Songs"
"Band On The Run"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"Heart Of The Country"
"With A Little Luck"
"Goodnight Tonight"
"My Love"
"Baby's Request"
"Hi Hi Hi"
"Ebony And Ivory"
"Take It Away"
"Mull Of Kintyre"
"Helen Wheels"
"I've Had Enough"
"Coming Up"
"Wonderful Christmastime"

Disc two:

"Pipes Of Peace"
"My Brave Face"
"Beautiful Night"
"Fine Line"
"No More Lonely Nights"
"This One"
"Little Willow"
"Pretty Little Head"
"Hope Of Deliverance"
"Once Upon A Long Ago"
"All My Trials"
"Brown-Eyed Handsome Man"
"No Other Baby"
"Off The Ground"
"Biker Like An Icon"
"Spies Like Us"
"Put It There"
"Figure Of Eight"
"C'Mon People"

Disc three:

From "Rockshow":
"Venus And Mars"
"Rock Show"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"Lady Madonna"
"Listen To What The Man Said"

From "MTV Unplugged":
"I Lost My Little Girl"
"Every Night"
"And I Love Her"
"That Would Be Somethin"

From Glastonbury 2004:
"Flaming Pie"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Band On The Run"
"Back In The USSR"
"Live And Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
"Helter Skelter"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"


It's a funny thing about comics artist Don Heck. As this bulleting board posting demonstrates, some people who profess to hate his work later come to love it. I count myself among those who have reevaluated his output. My first exposure to his stuff came in the 70s and 80s when, admittedly, he wasn't doing his best work. But in his prime, and especially when he was inking his own pencils, he was pretty great.


I also hate to admit, at one time I wasn't a fan of comic artist Jack Kirby's work. It just seemed weird and big and blocky. I was stupid. I now count him as my all-time favorite comics artist and an American genius. The New York Times agrees.


Virgin Comics plans a new Dan Dare comics series. From the press release:

The new series will be published monthly beginning November 2007 and will be written by legendary comic author, Garth Ennis (author of Preacher, The Boys, Hitman, John Woo's Seven Brothers and other acclaimed and best-selling titles).

Dan Dare has been an icon since 1950. Elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe captivated post- War baby boomers. Dan Dare's adventures burst to the forefront of pop culture, selling nearly 1 million copies each week in the pages of the Eagle Comic.

Virgin Comics' Dan Dare is set in the future, albeit not too many decades from the present day. Colonel Dare is still vibrant and courageous -- but now he's retired. His retirement is a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia -- leaving the UK as the world's last remaining superpower. Readers familiar with Dan Dare stories will recognize many of the original cast including a wiser and more experienced Digby; the innovative, brilliant and beautiful Professor Peabody; and of course the enemy of all that is good, the super-intelligent ruler of the Treens -- The Mekon, together with a mix of galactic evil beings.